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GCN's ultimate guide to indoor cycling

Everything you need to know about indoor cycling, including smart trainer workouts, the best fitness apps, equipment and indoor bike set-up for cyclists

ClockUpdated 20:00, Friday 3rd November 2023. Published 13:30, Tuesday 24th October 2023

It’s that time of the year again when many cyclists dust off their turbo trainers ready for a winter of indoor cycling.

For those unfamiliar, turbo training is a great way to escape the inclement weather throughout autumn and winter. It used to have a deserved reputation for being painfully boring. You had a choice between staring at a wall or watching your knees whir around. Sure, you could watch TV or have music on in the background, but that’s not particularly immersive or interactive.

Things have drastically changed in recent years and training has never been easier thanks to a wide range of apps that feature dedicated plans, workouts, and everyone’s favourite, the dreaded FTP test.

It’s not all about ‘no pain, no gain’ and for those who prefer a more social and interactive experience, apps like Zwift also allows users to explore virtual worlds, go on group rides and even race - you can do everything type of riding possible, all from your living room on a turbo trainer or exercise bike.

Alongside these apps, there are now countless turbo and smart trainers available and the key to maximising your indoor cycling experience is finding the right set-up for your needs.

From being a very rudimentary training tool, indoor cycling has become pretty complicated, and there’s plenty to think about when getting started. But don’t worry!

We’ve covered everything you need to know about turbo training to simplify your indoor cycling experience. From turbo trainer set-up and the best indoor cycling apps to workout advice, here’s all the information you need to make the most of indoor cycling this autumn and winter.

Indoor cycling beginner’s guides

When getting started, indoor cycling can be overwhelming. There’s so much tech and a bewildering number of fitness apps for cyclists. Not to mention all of the essential turbo training accessories you need, like tablet stands, a turbo trainer mat and fans.

Our advice articles for beginners will guide you through this minefield, helping you to jump on your exercise bike, direct-drive trainer or bike rollers with minimum fuss and maximum gain.

Turbo and smart trainer set-up, equipment and maintenance

Maximise your workouts with the best indoor cycling set-up. From smart turbo trainers to exercise bikes, our guides will help you to find the right indoor set-up for your needs.

Best indoor cycling and fitness apps for cyclists: Zwift and Wahoo

From Zwift to Wahoo SYSTM, there are now lots of dedicated indoor cycling apps available. If you need help choosing the right one, check out our guides below.



FTP tests and training advice for cyclists

Just because you’re riding indoors, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the quality of your workouts. In fact, turbo training can be the most efficient way to build up fitness ahead of the summer.

Like any form of training, the key to success is focus, structure and, unfortunately, FTP tests. Check out our training guides for more advice.

Cycling home workout videos

Need some indoor cycling workout inspiration? Here at GCN, we have an extensive library of workouts. They’re all time-friendly and easy to follow, so all you have to do is hop on your bike and ride along. You can explore all of our workouts on the GCN website, or check out a selection of our favourite workouts below.

Latest turbo and smart trainer news and articles from GCN

From the price of a smart trainer to app subscription costs, follow all of the latest indoor cycling news below:

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